Originally Posted by Blackberryer
I think you're spot on. The Bold really isn't competition for the iPhone. Most of the consumers who don't use a phone for business aren't really comparison shopping for smartphones, they just want the cool new Apple product. People that even know of the Bold's existence are probably gadget geeks like us and have already decided on one or the other by now anyway.
Hmmm....not so sure. I'm a small business user that needs ms exchange support and now that the iPhone has it I'm strongly considering buying the 3G. But I do love blackberry. For me it comes down to how decent the Blackberry media player is because I use mine at the gym and on the road.
I'm on the fence, titling towards remaining a RIM customer for the 7th straight year, but I'll test both. I bet there are 100,000s if not 1,000,000s of people like me with similar perspectives.
Let it be known that neither device is going to change your life or mine for an instant. The joy that you feel the moment you load it up and get accustomed to it will be quickly supplanted by the suffering you feel shortly after you've mastered it and are comfronted with the reality that you won't see another advancement or upgrade for many months if not years to come.
Our consumer culture builds in perpetual suffering and opposes the more sustainable and life enriching concepts of living a simple and modest life.